Media Advisory



Kristen Holland
Center for Transportation Excellence

Virginia Miller
American Public Transportation Association
(202) 496-4816

What: On Election Day, Nov. 8, voters in 19 states will have the opportunity to decide on nearly $200 billion in transit funding through over 40 measures on ballots nationwide. That brings our total count of transit measures in 2016 to over 70 and our total number of states with these types of measures to 24, both of which are higher than any other year on record. According to Center for Transportation Excellence records, the scope and level of potential investment in transit through these measures is unprecedented. If it passes, Measure M in Los Angeles will direct nearly $100 billion to improving and expanding transit service in its first 40 years. In Seattle, the Sound Transit 3 plan would generate an additional $54 million in revenue for transit in the Puget Sound region. Other noteworthy measures include those in Atlanta, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Ft. Lauderdale, and Detroit. These are just a handful of the dozens of jurisdictions, large and small, nationwide, that have decided to ask voters if they support transit investment at the ballot box in November. These types of measures have an average success rate of 71 percent since 2000. Year to date, 28 measures have already gone to voters, with an average success rate of 75 percent.
Join this webinar-style briefing by phone and/or computer to learn more about some important trends in transit ballot measures and get details about some of the biggest measures on going to voters this November. Reporters will have ample opportunity to ask questions pertaining to these measures.* To receive the phone number and link to join the briefing, please register here:
*NOTE: To ask questions, you must sign in through a computer. Questions will be submitted through the system’s typed chat function.
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016; 1pm ET
Who:Jason Jordan
Executive Director, Center for Transportation Excellence
Richard White
Acting President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association
Mayor Greg Stanton
Mayor, City of Phoenix, AZ
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About the Center for Transportation Excellence: The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) is a clearinghouse for information in support of quality transportation choices. CFTE is committed to two main objectives: (1) defending the merits of transit and (2) equipping local leaders with the information they need to be successful with their public transportation initiatives and ballot measures. To fulfill its mission, CFTE has been comprehensively tracking and analyzing transit ballot initiatives across the country since 2000 and providing support to local campaigns working for passage of these measures. Learn more about current and past transit elections here​.
About the American Public Transportation Association: The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. 

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